Both of my kids used pacifiers. I got rid of Nora’s around 21 months of age. It was relatively uneventful. We tossed them, she asked for them that night, but once we reminded her that they were gone, she didn’t really ask again. I remember it took a couple days for her to relearn how to fall asleep without that comfort item, but she didn’t cry and overall surprised me with how well she did.
Meredith is another story all together. She is a full fledged, all out, pacifier addict.
Please note how many she is holding in her hands.
And because she is an addict, I feel like taking them away today is going to be a lot like an intervention. And I anticipate a battle.
The following has been the plan so far: (And yes, I am embarrassed that the plan is this in depth.)
– Located all stray pacifiers this morning after she woke up and got rid of them.
– Took Meredith to Build A Bear, where she picked out a bunny. I then told her that we were going to put one of her paci’s inside the bunny to keep it safe as a memory, but that we weren’t going to use them anymore. (Part of me won’t be surprised to find this bunny torn apart come morning.)
– Came home, attempted nap. Screaming and crying ensued. There was no nap.
– The paci fairy also came while Meredith was in her bath, bringing her a new night time story book and some new spoons. (She is obsessed with holding spoons, they are her comfort item of choice after the pacifier.)
We are about to attempt bedtime and I will fully admit that I am terrified about how this is going to go. I love Meredith’s feisty nature, but I know that when she commits to something, her stubbornness and temper are a force to be reckoned with.
Wish us luck.